During the first half of the 14th century this villa belonged to a famous Florentine named Bartolomeo di Niccolò. It was later owned by Bartolomeo di Filippo Valori, who was closely connected to the Medici family. He acted as commissioner to Pope Clemente VII during the siege of Florence in 1530. Valori was made a Senator by Alexander de’ Medici, but as a reaction to the Duke’s infamy, he joined forces with those fighting for freedom in Montemurlo. On the 20th August 1537 Valori was beheaded and his possessions were confiscated by Cosimo I. The villa which was then known as “Villa del Morone” was sold in 1542 to one of the most faithful supporters of the Medici family, Bishop Raffaello Minerbetti. In the following century it came into the possession of the Ficiati family. In 1759 it belonged to the Sisters of St. Anne of the Fields and was used as a convent for about 150 years.
Later the house was owned by a succession of people until 1925, when Pietro Simoni and his wife bought it from the son of the Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin. Carlo Böcklin was devoted to painting and had his studio in a loggia (now room 34), dominated by the father’s bust. It was the Simoni family who converted the villa into a guest house and built extensions.
Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and in the garden – SPA elegantly decorated with antique furniture – Dinner, appetizers and brunch on the terrace with panoramic view over the city of Florence – Typical Menù – wine list with a wide selection of Italian wines and wineries. This is a 14th-century villa set in the hills above Florence and surrounded by Tuscan olive groves. The terrace offers panoramic views of the city.
- You have a free internet point with Wi-Fi in the lounge
- There is also a game and TV room, plus a children’s play area on the grounds
- Breakfast includes sweet and savoury Tuscan products
- Free parking is provided. The pretty town of Fiesole is just a 5 minute drive from here
The restaurant serves typically Tuscan food, made with genuine ingredients, according to the recipes and habits of the traditional Florentine family, with some contributions from international and Italian regional cooking.
For breakfast a buffet with Tuscan bread, bread rolls, sliced bread with tomato, a simple homemade yoghurt cake, brioches, fruit, boiled eggs (or, on demand, eggs cooked in different ways), corn flakes, muesli, yoghurt, fruit juices, cheese, sliced ham and salami.
Lunch is not available here but appetizers are prepared using fresh, seasonal and regional traditions. From 17:30 to 22:00, in the summer are served on the terrace. Dinner is served inside and outside onthe terrace in the summer and you get a great selection of choice…
Also…. from here it is possible to take the number 7 bus which links this oasis of peace and tranquillity with Florence. Quote reference: 4412.